This is an ever evolving, changing and dynamic vision statement as I am an ever evolving artist and human. I welcome your thoughts, insights and questions....
As a director, devisor and facilitator, I am passionate about developing models of horizontal and circular collaboration that empower shared leadership and center equity and community at the heart of artistic practice. In addition to a strongly visual and physical approach to radical reimagining, staging and devising, my strengths as a director are in the areas of new work development and in championing emerging and underrepresented voices that push theatrical form and content. As a storyteller, I believe in a shared visual and experiential language and in cultivating rich partnerships with designers, dramaturgs, movement directors, musicians and community artists of all disciplines.
As an actively anti-racist theater practitioner, my role as a "director" is to reconsider and reimagine the harmful power structures of white supremacy that often represent “the way things have always been done" My ongoing work is to unlearn and dismantle these structures within myself and within the environments where I work in order to make space for new pathways of collaboration. I attempt to do this work by modeling transparency, accountability, compassion and humility.
I believe the ongoing practice of learning and unlearning is connected as much to the narratives, material and content that is centered in storytelling as it is to the form/method and process by which that story is told. As a white, cis, woman and white, cis artist, a vital part of my ongoing work is to yield space and power (psychic, physical, geographic) to voices, leaders, narratives and perspectives outside my own. Empowering intersectional practices centered on accessibility, community, connectivity, inclusion and equity is vital both within and beyond spaces where the work of theater making transpires.
As an educator, I believe that reimagining theater training, decentralizing white lineage and centering the artistry of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as artists from the LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized communities, is vital in continuing to build sustainable, accessible, healing and joyful spaces of collective learning and liberation.
The practice of making theater is the practice of making and remaking. Theater holds the capacity to reflect, to witness, to shine a light but also to activate imagination and to to engage in authorship and radical re-imagining of the world and the future.